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sanction

Legal Definition of sanction

Noun

  1. This is a very unusual word with two contradictory meanings. To "sanction" can mean to ratify or to approve but it can also mean to punish. The "sanction" of a crime refers to the actual punishment, usually expressed as a fine or jail term.

Definition of sanction

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /ˈs�ŋkʃən/, SAMPA: /"s{NkS@n/
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Noun

sanction (plural sanctions)

  1. An approval, by an authority, that makes something valid.
  2. A penalty, or some coercive measure, intended to ensure compliance; especially one adopted by several nations, or by an international body.
  3. A law, treaty, or contract, or a clause within a law, treaty, or contract, specifying the above.

Verb

to sanction (third-person singular simple present sanctions, present participle sanctioning, simple past and past participle sanctioned)

  1. (transitive) To give authorization or approval to something; to ratify.
  2. (transitive) To penalize a state, especially for violating international law.

Anagrams

  • Alphagram: acinnost
  • canonist
  • contains

References:

  1. Wiktionary. Published under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.



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